Stories by Chris Kanaracus

Business Objects bets on convergence in IT tools

SAP's Business Objects unit sees business intelligence, governance, risk, compliance and enterprise performance management tools all converging, and Tuesday it rolled out some products that it hopes shows it is best poised to deliver all three.

Sun close to releasing xVM Server

Sun Microsystems has begun an early access program for its xVM Server hypervisor, a key component of its nascent virtualization product line, and intends to make a publicly downloadable version available within about a month, according to a <a href="http://blogs.sun.com/stevewilson/">blog post</a> Thursday by Steve Wilson, vice president of xVM at Sun.

SAS buys revenue management software vendor IDeaS

BI (business intelligence) vendor SAS is buying IDeaS Revenue Optimization, maker of revenue-management software for the hospitality sector, a move that could serve to differentiate SAS from major competitors like SAP and IBM.

EDS shareholders approve sale to HP

EDS stockholders on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the sale of the giant systems integrator to Hewlett-Packard, bringing the $13.9 billion deal one important step closer to completion.

Adobe readying new mashup tool for business users

Adobe is developing a mashup interface code-named "Genesis" that will allow business users to pull together "workspaces" that combine assets like business application data, documents and analytics, along with collaboration tools such as instant messaging.

Oracle posts strong Q4, full-year results

Showing strong growth amid a worldwide economic downturn, Oracle on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter revenues of US$7.2 billion, a 24 percent rise compared to the same quarter last year, and total revenue for fiscal 2008 of $22.4 billion, up 25 percent.

Oracle raises prices significantly for some products

Amid tough economic times and about a week before its fiscal year earnings report, Oracle has pushed through a number of significant price <a href="http://www.oracle.com/corporate/pricing/technology-price-list.pdf">increases</a> on its products.

Red Hat Network to be open-sourced

Red Hat plans to announce Thursday that it is open-sourcing Red Hat Network (RHN), its Web-based Linux infrastructure management platform, according to CEO Jim Whitehurst.

Oracle previews on-demand 'social' CRM module

Oracle is giving the industry another peek at the first in a planned wave of social networking-infused CRM (customer relationship management) applications this week at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, but did not supply a release date.